L-3 Communications Applied Optics Center designs and manufactures extremely complex thin film coatings and optical assemblies for a wide variety of defense and commercial applications. The company has a rich, 50-year history of manufacturing highly reliable optical systems for military applications, and is one of the largest manufacturers of laser protection filters and related optical assemblies, binoculars, and sighting systems for the U.S. Army. AOC is now using that broad experience to provide optical solutions for commercial markets worldwide, as well.
The Company’s unique capabilities are based on its ability to design, validate and produce high-volume, high-layer-count (up to 250+ discrete layers) thin film coatings, as well as custom optical assemblies and components, large-format optical coatings, thin film patterning, and rapid component/subassembly prototyping for a broad range of global markets including instrumentation, display, biomedical/medical, imaging/sensing, display, defense/aerospace, and astronomy.
L-3 AOC’s proprietary 1- and 2-meter coating chambers are able to coat volumes and large-element geometries not possible in most other common thin film deposition chambers.
With its extensive experience in the design and development of coatings and assemblies based on specific customer requirements, the AOC is able to offer virtually any type of optical coating at regions of interest from the ultraviolet (UV) to the far infrared (IR), from 300 nm to 12 microns, with superior coating performance, durability, and environmental stability.
The company’s remarkable track record includes worldwide deliveries of over 500,000 optical assemblies and laser protection filters without a single failure or return.